Hailing from the Vancouver, Wash., area, both will play in front of home crowds this week
Soccer player Cassie Black and football wide receiver Ashton Clark have been selected by the Eastern Washington University Athletic Department to receive the first October Scholar-Athlete of the Month honors.
Black is a junior from Battle Ground, Wash., and has a 3.86 grade point average as a biology major. Clark is a senior from Heritage High School in Vancouver, Wash., and is a recreation management major with a 3.28 GPA.
Black and the women’s soccer team hosts a pair of Big Sky Conference matches this week at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center, hosting Portland State at 4 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 4) and Sacramento State at noon on Sunday (Oct. 6). Clark and the football team returns to Roos Field for the first time in nearly a month to host Weber State on Hall of Fame Day Saturday (Oct. 5) at 4:05 p.m.
The award recognizes the athletic and academic success of student-athletes, based primarily on performances turned in during the month prior. The Scholar-Athlete Award is now in its seventh year of existence, having started in 2007.
More on Cassie Black
Junior forward Cassie Black scored a trio of goals during the month of September, contributing to both of Eastern’s wins. She opened the scoring against Idaho in the third minute as the Eagles went on to win, 2-1, then scored the first goal of EWU’s 3-0 defeat of North Dakota State on Sept. 22. Black also tallied Eastern’s second goal in its loss to Fresno State. Always a threat to score, she tallied 18 shots in September to lead the team.
Her goal against North Dakota State gave her 17 career goals, tied for first all-time in school history. She is also currently tied for second all-time in points with 41. She broke the single-season record for game-winning goals last season and ranks first in school history with six game-winners.
A year ago, Black earned second team All-Big Sky honors and was
selected to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII Second Team
(CoSIDA). She was also a member of the Big Sky All-Academic team in
both 2011 and 2012.
More on Ashton Clark
Senior wide receiver Ashton Clark caught a team-leading 23 passes for 403 yards and three touchdowns in leading EWU to a 2-2 record in the first four games of the season. He is currently ranked 17th in receiving yards per game (100.8) and 36th in receptions (5.8 per game) in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision
In EWU’s stunning 49-46 season-opening upset at Oregon State, he caught nine passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. Two weeks later, he had six catches for 119 yards and a touchdown against Toledo, and finished with his third career performance of at least 100 yards receiving.
Clark now has 106 catches for 1,494 yards and 12 touchdowns in his 31-game EWU career (nine as a starter). He was a member of the Big Sky All-Academic team in 2012.